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good morning. trapped, hundreds of people stranded all across vermont, cut off by the worst flooding in that state in more than 80 years. officials are scrambling to reach them, but say it could take days around now another tropical storm has developed in the atlantic. he is not a monster. the father of the suspect in the disaearance of a maryland woman in aruba speaks out. what that man is now saying about his son and his relationship with robyn gardner. and "today" exclusive, dick cheney was vice president during eight of the most eventful a ffs in this nation's history. now he's written a memoir that he says will make heads explode
in washington. his take on president bush other top white house officials and now being one of the most divisive and controversial figures in history. he's talking about it live in studio today this tuesday, he's talking about it live in studio today this tuesday, august 30th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie in for ann this morning. irene may have come and gone but it's going to be impact from this storm is going to be felt for a long time. >> flooding, look at the images. flooding is so bad in parts of vermont, hundreds of roads and bridges are washed out. dozens of towns are completely cut off from ruaufoff from resc. it's going to be weeks before power is restored to people who
lost electricity in this storm. also ahead, the mom convicted of child abuse for forcing her son to drink hot sauce opens up in court for the first time about why she did it. and as we mentioned, the former vice president of the united states, dick cheney, is in our studio. we've got a lot to talk about. we'll get to our exclusive live interview in a couple of minutes. but we'll begin with the epic flooding in vermont and the damage left behind by irene. the weather channel's jim ca cantore is in vermont. >> reporter: unfortunately the death toll has risen to 40 on the heels of this catastrophic flood. you can see scenes like this behind me all across vermont. a river which ones flowed on the other side here. it's coming right through here. the east coast still recovering from this major hit from irene.
hurricanes are rare in new england, but who would believe that land locked vermont would take one of the hardest hits from this ocean's storm? new england's green mountain state is dealing with its worse flooding since 1927. >> i don't think you can ever imagine how devastating natural disasters can be until you actually go through one. >> reporter: after an unusually wet august the rainfall from irene flushed river systems, swamping roads and cutting off towns. >> the wedding was absolutely beautiful. >> reporter: she got married this weekend at the vermont summer camp of her childhood. >> the clouds burst open and it started dumping rain. >> reporter: now she and over 100 of her guests are trapped because an area bridge gave way. the army corps of engineers says it will be at least four days before they have a road out. across the northeast irene's punch was packed in what it poured on.
new jersey governor chris christie laid out the historic reality. >> nine river locations have reached or passed record flooding levels. >> reporter: on monday we showed you this house explosion in pompton lakes, new jersey. trucks useless in the water. firefighters had to swim to the blaze. ken davis looked for memories in his coastal connecticut home. while hay bails floated down a main street in the catskills. in north carolina, whole chunks of road are no more. even though the flash flooding is over, several areas remain under water. >> it's going to take time to recover from a storm of this magnitude. >> reporter: cash strapped by the bad economy, state and local governments will need major help getting their communities back on their feet. monday along the east coast there were over 5 million people still without electricity. it could be days before they get switched back on.
clean-up crews have hundreds of downed trees to deal with. and while the airlines, buses, and some railroads are slowly getting back to schedule, countless homes and businesses remain paralyzed. hurricane irene may be gone but the memory of its brutal visit lives on. and as matt mentioned at the top, almost a dozen towns still cut off from civilization but a little bit of good news, 30 large fema trucks on their way here with supplies from vermonters, water, food, generators, which they so desperately leave, is finally on their way to the green mountain state. >> his home state of vermont today, jim, thank you. let us get a check of the top stories with natalie morales. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the economic fallout from hurricane irene, $5 billion damage. $800 mm million left in federal
disaster aid coffers. because of project from this year's other disasters now been put on hold, lawmakers at capitol hill have been aware of the funding shortage for months but they've not asked for more. 60 u.s. troops have died in afghanistan so far just this month, making august the deadliest month for american forces there in the nearly decade long war. meantime, according to the associated press, direct talks between the u.s. and the taliban were making progress until they were reportedly scuttled by afghan president hamid karzai who feared the negotiations would undercut his government. as the muslim holy months of ramadan comes to a close this week a pew poll shows that the majority of muslim-americans feel their lives have become more difficult since 9/11. 60% of american born muslims also expressed dissatisfaction with their own religious leaders saying they had not done enough to condemn islamic extremism. in an unprecedented move the
international space station may have to be evacuated and temporarily abandoned this year after the launch failure of an unmanned russian rocket that will likely disrupt crew rotations. the shuttle program retired in june and left the space station dependent on russia for transporting astronauts to and from earth. though it can be operated from the ground alone the risk of a catastrophic loss of the space station increases tenfold without a crew on board. and take a look at this. a small plane crashed into a yard in santa monica on monday. the cessna went down shortly after takeoff and slammed into a cinder block wall. the force of the crash bent the plane in half. it ripped off its wings. officials say it is a miracle the pilot survived, and that is thanks to a few good samaritans who were standing by there on the ground. they got to him just in time. 7:07. let's turn it back over to matt, savannah, and al. >> lucky. >> really lucky. >> mr. roker, what do you have?
>> jim cantore was talking in vermont, we might see more flooding in parts of those areas because as the ground water starts making its way into those rivers we could see more rises as well. as you look at little falls, new jersey, the wide spread flooding there as we look live from our chopper 4, you can see it's a real mess. it's going to be a while before that water recedes, as well. add well. and add insult to injury, not to get anybody all upset or worried, but we are looking at a new tropical storm. this is katia. 40-mile-per-hour winds moving west at 17. track of the storm brings it into the caribbean or close to the caribbean by sunday early morning as a category 3 storm. we are hoping there's a trough that's going to be coming out from the west across the u.s. and if the timing is right, that will deflect it and keep it away from the u.s. but it is still too early to tell. we'll continue, to obviously, watch that. beautiful weather here in the
east. gorgeous sunshine. some showers and thunderstorms in the midplains. heat continues in the southwest. may be a tropical disturbance that brings a break down to texas with rain and cooler temperatures toward the weekend. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. i'm tom kierein. happy to report that we have another beautiful morning with low humidity and cool temperatures. right now in the 50s throughout much of the region. 64 at reagan national and later today, low humidity, lots of sun, great weather for the recovery and the ongoing efforts. we'll have highs low to mid-80s with low humidity and not much wind. tomorrow, more of the same, although a few more clouds around. still not very humid into the end of the week. >> and take a look at the willow brook mall. this is in wayne, new jersey. there isn't going to be any shopping going on there for a while. that's really unbelievable stuff. now let's go back over to matt. >> all right, al, thank you. now our exclusive interview with the former vice president dick cheney, highly anticipated
new book "in my time" being released today. we're pleased to have dick cheney with us in the studio this morning. vice president cheney, it's good to see you. >> good to be here, matt. >> you have been called a lot of things over the years. you've been called skillful, dynamic, controversial and divisive. some people call you the most divisive political figure in this country in a century. do you think it's all political or do you think there's something about your personality, your demeanor that inspires animosity in your critics? >> no, i can't speak for them, matt. you're right. you left out darth vader, that included. >> i figured that had been said a lot. >> it's varied over the years. when i was secretary of defense, i got rave notices and high ratings, by the end of my time as vice president i was down pretty low. partly that had to do with policy. i was a big advocate of pursuing controversial policies in order
to keep the country safe. and our critics obviously extracted their pound of flesh for that. >> in your book there are times you tell stories that are slightly different than the way president bush tells them in his account in his book that was released in the last year or so. you seem to take credit for certain policy decisions that he says were his. at other times you seem to take center stage a little more than he gives you credit for taking at the time. did you talk to president bush before sending this book to the press and what was his reaction to those differences, specifically? >> i did not cop operate or coordinate on our books. he wrote his book, i wrote my book. i felt strongly i wanted to write what i remembered about he's events. and that's the way both of us did. >> do you think he will be upset about some of the differences you highlight? >> i don't believe so. i called him. i send him a copy of the book. >> you did send it to him in advan advance?
>> yes. >> what was his reaction? >> he hadn't had time to read it then. i think what happens, it's important to remember this. if they were identical in their treatment of these events, people would say, it looks like plageurism. it was a serious effort by my to put down the events as i remember them. >> enhanced interrogation, you state bluntly you have no regret of being in favor of waterboarding. if circumstances were the same today you would make the same decisions. the interrogation program was safe, legal, and effective. it provided intelligence that enabled us to prevent attacks and save american lives. so let me ask you this question. i asked president bush this same question. if an american citizen were to be taken into captivity in iran, for example, and the government of iran were to look at that person and say, we think you're a spy for the u.s. or you're here to carry out a covert operation. would it be okay for the iranian government to waterboard that
american citizen? >> well, we probably would object to that. >> on the grounds that it's torture? >> on the grounds that we have obligations towards our citizens. and that we do everything we can do protect our citizens and to put them through process that we think is -- >> why was it okay for us to use what most people would say was torture against terror suspects? >> remember, first of all, these were not american citizens. we weren't dealing with american citizens and the enhanced interrogation program. secondly, it was people like ca khalid shaikh mohammed, two or three, for example, who actually got waterboarded. third, we had reason to believe that hey had information that we could only get from them. >> if iran captured someone and said we have reason to believe you're a spy or you're carrying out an operation that could be damaging to our country, would you object or would you say they did what they had to do to get the information they needed at the time? >> i think we would object because we wouldn't expect an
american citizen to be operating that way. we wouldn't be dealing with khalid shaikh mohammed, for example, a man who was the self-admitted mastermind of 9/11, killed 3,000 americans. and at a time when we had very little knowledge and understanding about al qaeda and what they were doing. and after we had gone through a lot of other procedures and interrogation efforts, then at the end of that process, he was subjected to the program. it is very carefully supervised. none of the techniques used were things that we hadn't already used on our own people in training. >> you know though if you were to conduct a poll in this country right now and ask people if waterboarding was torture, the vast majority of people would say it is. >> i would argue, matt, that it's important for us not to get caught up in the notion that you can only have popular methods of interrogation if you want to run an effective counteder terrorism program. the fact is it worked. we learned valuable, valuable information from that process and we kept the country safe for
over seven years. >> in president bush's book he writes about a meeting during the build-up of the war in iraq, you two were sitting at a lunch. you're talking about saddam hussein and you looked at him and you said are you going to take this guy out or what? would you admit to or concede to the fact that you were perhaps the driving force that convinced president bush to go to war with iraq? >> i think the president made the decision. he felt strongly about it, too. he understood the dimensions of what we were doing. i certainly supported it. i advocated it. i thought it was the right policy. i believe that still today. >> he says he was on the fence for a very long time. you write in your book about a situation, i think it was on the eve of going to war, the advisers were all gathered around, talking about the pros and cons of going after a target believed to be housing saddam hussein and you write in your book he kicks all of the other advisers out of the room and keeps you there and said, dick,
what do you think we should do. clearly he was putting an enormous amount of faith in your opinion. >> right. >> do you think you were the person that pushed him off the fence and in the direction of war? >> i wouldn't -- i can't make that case. i can tell you what i believe and what i supported and that was that we needed to, in fact, take the action we did. >> we all have the benefit of hindsight there, sitting here some eight years later, 4,000 americans lost their lives, maybe 100,000 iraqis lost their lives. it cost about a trillion dollars. was it worth it? did you give the right advice? >> i think i did. if you look back at the proposition we faced after 9/11, with respect to saddam hussein, we were very concerned about the prospects of terrorists like the 9/11 crowd, acquiring weapons of mass destruction, biological agent or nuclear weapon they could use on the united states, i think that's still the biggest threat we face. and at the time, to go after saddam hussein and take him down, we eliminated a major source of proliferation.
and when we took down saddam hussein, moammar gadhafi got religion and gave up all of his nukes. so it was the right thing to do. >> given the fact that it severely damaged our reputation around the world and there were no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, you still think it's worth it? >> sure. i don't think that it damaged our reputation around the world. i just don't believe that. i think the critics here at home would argue that, but in fact, i think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem. and that eliminated saddam hussein from -- from the kind of problem i presented before. what would have happened this week if moammar gadhafi would still have been in power with a nuclear weapon, would he have fled? i doubt it. >> one person you go after is former secretary of state colin powell. quote, time and again i heard that he was opposed to the war in iraq. indeed, i continue to hear it
today. but never once in my meeting did i hear him voice objection. in an interview this weekend i think you now know that colin powell insisted that he told the president about his objections to the war in iraq and in his memoir president bush specifically says that he knew about colin powell's reservations. why are you barking up this tree? >> i wrote the events as i participated in them. the fact of the matter is if you lo look, for example, my comments about general powell, i've got three chapters on my time as secretary of defense. basically all very positive of general power approximately i recommended him to be chairman of the joints chief of staff. we worked together for four years in the pentagon. while together we commanded desert storm. so there's a lot of very positive stuff in there. but a balanced account, i think also required me to put down what my opinion was and that's what i've done. >> and you've been called the most powerful vice president in history. there was the talk that you were the ruone running the white hou
and not george bush. i don't want to deliberate that. given the fact you were so powerful, what do you think your greatest achievement was as vice president, either in policy or some other area during the eight years of the bush presidency? >> i think the most important thing we did, matt -- >> i'm talking about you, specifically. >> i was part of a team. i wasn't out there by myself on most of these issues. most important thing we did was after 9/11, we prevented all further mass casualty attacks against the united states. now, on september 12th, 2001, nobody would have been willing to bet that we could do that, but we did. >> after september 11th the bush administration had about seven years to hunt down and kill osama bin laden. it didn't happen on george bush's watch. does it irk you at all that it's president obama who gets to say we got him? >> no, i think you've got to give him credit and i did publicly. >> i know you did. >> but i think it's also fair to say that there were thousands of people out there, special, career professionals, military,
special ops community, intelligence communities that devoted ten years of their lives to tracking this guy down. it started under bush, we worked it for seven years, we passed it on to president obama. and he was there when the call was made to send in the troops. he gets credit for that. >> on a personal note in the book you write about the hunting accident where you accidentally shot your friend harry whittington. and you call it one of the saddest days in your life. how did it make you feel, vice president cheney, when that incident was turned into a punch line for late night comics? >> well, when you're vice president, you better be prepared oto be a punch line. >> did it hurt though? >> well, no, i mean, you got to live with it. obviously my concern about mr. whittington was heartfelt and i've got a great relationship, one of the nicest letters i've received from anybody came from harry last year when i was sick and in the hospital. but in terms of people taking
potshots at vice presidents, it goes with the turf, matt. >> based on what you write in your book and what president bush writes in his book, your relationship pretty good between two of you. >> uh-huh. >> but it was strained at the end of his presidency when he refused to pardon your chief of staff scooter libby who had been convicted of perjury charges. you were by all accounts furious and you let him know it. >> uh-huh. >> why were you so mad, and now with a little time having passed, do you understand his decision more? >> well, felt very strongly that scooter was not treated fairly. i don't think an indictment was appropriate. i think the investigation was originally occasioned by the question of who revealed the name of the secret service -- of the cia employee to the press. and the answer was the deputy secretary of state. that was known from the very
beginning. in spite of that they went forward with the two-year investigation, drug a lot of people at the white house before the grand jury, scooter was the one ultimately who was charged, not with leaking, but with allegations about misconduct during the course of the investigation. so i really think he was badly treated. i thought he deserved a pardon. the president disagreed. he got to make the decision. >> have you gotten over that? >> no, it's one i still disagree with. if it were to come up today between the two of us, he would state his view, i would state mine. >> mr. cheney, thanks for being with us this morning. appreciate it. >> matt, i've enjoyed it. >> and the book is called "in my time." it's out today. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning. 30th day of august, 2011. it's spectacular here in new york. beautiful blue skies, mild temperatures. a nice crowd out on the plaza as well. inside the studio i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie filling in while ann is off today. and just ahead, the mother who forced her young son to drink hot sauce as punishment is speaking out. on court on monday she opened up for the first time about what she did and why she did it. and also ahead, if you need a reason to eat chocolate, now you have one. a new study is linking chocolate to improved health.
but, of course, there's a catch. we'll explain coming up. and angelina jolie opens up about her kids, if she's considering having more, and the rumors of a secret wedding to brad pitt. we'll tell you what she's having to say about all of that. but we're going to begin this half hour with the latest on the disappearance of a maryland woman in aruba. the suspect's father is speaking out for the first time. and nbc's jeff rossen talked to him exclusively. good morning. >> savannah, good morning. we didn't know much about gary giordano until now. we know that police told us he's lied to them repeatedly during interrogations and questioning, he was trying to escape as he was arrested a few weeks ago, he is now the prime suspect as you mentioned in the disappearance of maryland's robyn gardner whose family is grieving and misses her terribly. now gariordanogiordano's father speaking out saying he got sick of watching the coverage on television and not being able to
say anything. talking to us exclusively about his son, his history with women, and the case against him. it is a side of gary giordano we have never seen before, the family man, here posing with his three children. we're protecting their identities. and in this photos, he's with his dad. >> the least i can do is stand up for my son and tell the world that what they've been hearing about him is not true. he's not a monster. >> reporter: frank giordano is 80 years old, battling cancer. now defending his son, the prime suspect in the disappearance of robyn gardner. >> i would like to show the other side, the side that gary is a good human being who is good to his family and good to his friends. i know that he would not be able to kill someone, murder someone. >> reporter: gary giordano
stands by his story, that he and robyn were snorkeling in aruba, he disappeared he did nothing wrong. but police say it doesn't add up, holding him behind bars. no visitors or phone calls allowed. >> he's just been put in isolation but it's not just his isolation, it's ours, as well. >> reporter: but, he says, gary's children miss him most. >> he's very close to the kids. he's almost a big kid himself. they love coming over to his house. >> reporter: but gary giordano has had problems with women. he's twice divorced and, according to police reports, two ex-girlfriends have filed restraining orders against him. but frank's long-time companion whose known gary for 12 years says gary is one of the good guys. >> any time i've ever seen him with a woman, he's always been very kind and caring and gives them his full attention. and i've never seen him out of line with a woman.
>> reporter: they say gary has vacationed with several girlfriends and loves the water. but if things were serious with robb begin gardner, it's news to him. >> the whole situation is strange. i don't know the young lady. i've never met her. and i've never heard gary talk about her. >> reporter: a bizarre mystery in paradise. the prime suspect behind bars. and now gary giordano's father just hopes his son is watching. >> i'd like him to know that even though we can't contact him, we would love to be able to contact him, that we both love him very dearly, and that he's missed. and i can hardly wait for him to come back. >> reporter: there is a hearing scheduled here in aruba this week perhaps as early as today. but it works a little differently here in aruba versus the u.s., where a judge will decide whether or not they can hold gary giordano. the hearing is not going to be
public. it's not even going to happen in the courthouse here in aruba. instead to avoid a media circus the judge is going to go to the prison and set up a little minor small courtroom there and do it at the prison so no one can see. we're told we will find out what happens and what the judge decides after the hearing about whether they can continue holding gary giordano behind bars. important to mention, savannah, he has not been charged with anything here in aruba yet. >> all right, nbc's jeff rossen. thank you. the alaska mom convicted of child abuse for forcing her 7-year-old son to drink hot sauce and take a cold shower as punishment spoke out at her sentencing on monday. nbc's aditi roy is in los angeles with details on that story. aditi, good morning to you. >> good morning. a judge sentenced jessica beagley for three years probation. if she breaks the law during that time she could end up in jail for up to six months or pay a $2500 fine. this after tearful beagley opened up for the first time in court about her controversial
discipline tactics. >> why did you lie to me? >> reporter: this video prompted a jury last week to convict jessica beagley of misdemeanor child abuse. >> you're going to be on probation for three years. >> reporter: the judge spared beagley of immediate jail time, giving her probation and a suspended jail sentence instead. >> please know that everything that has been said and done has been in the best interest of my children because i love them. >> reporter: prior to the sentencing the mother of six spoke out for the first time in court, tearfully explaining why she poured hot sauce down the mouth of her 7-year-old russian adopted son. and made him take a cold shower to punish him for behaving badly. >> i felt it was my responsibility as a parent to try and help him the best i cou could. and i also felt it was my responsibility to do everything in my power to help him to become the good person that i know he can be.
>> reporter: beagley sent the video to the producers of the "dr. phil show" last year and appeared on national television for an episode called "mommy confessions." the footage drew international attention and landed beagley in court. >> we both tried to be the best parents -- >> reporter: when her husband said during sentencing that his wife of 15 years is a good mom. >> she loves these kids. that's her main goal in life, is to be a good mom. >> reporter: the prosecuting attorney tried to convince the judge beagley should get jail time. >> she chose to do something out of -- not the best act, to get on television and expose herself to the world. >> reporter: but the defense attorney disagreed, saying the circumstances around the video were complicated. >> when people see little bits and sound bites, part of the video which of course is not comfortable to watch, people jump to conclusions. >> this is not a crime where you really want punishment, you want to educate, educate her, and
help her family move on. >> reporter: in reaching his decision, the judge said he read two dozen letters from supportive friends and families. he also included counseling as a part of beagley's probation. adding the court will keep an eye on her making sure she gets the help she needs. nbc news reached out to the producers of the "dr. phil show" but they have no comment at this time. >> aditi roy in los angeles this but they have no comment at this time. >> aditi roy in los angeles this morning, thank you very much. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> thank you, matt. a beautiful morning. blue skies. lots of friends out here. they are very happy. some still getting an extra day because of their hurricane irene delays. and down in miami, they got a sight to see. a waterspout off miami beach. didn't cause any damage. no problems. but i'll tell you. a lot of folks sitting there watching, a little more than they bargained for. never made it on land.
that's good news. let's check out for today. afternoon temperatures continue hot through texas. well over 100 from houston, brownsville, laredo. 105. san angelo 105. good news is we've got a disturbance getting itself together. should be right along the gulf coast on saturday. drops temperatures and brings much-needed rain to the eastern half of texas on into the mid-mississippi river valley and louisiana. rest of the country today, we are looking at a lot of heat working its way into the central plains. beautiful weather in the northeast, great lakes into the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. fresh and cool tuesday morning. it does feel more like early october than late august. we're down into the 50s in much of the region. we have some patchy dense fog in the shenandoah valley up to the panhandle of west virginia. watch out for that. that should dissipate by midmorning. 64 at reagan national. a little warmer right by the bay. later today into the low and
mid-80s, not very humid. lots of sun. partly cloudy. getting more humid over the weekenet, you can check -- check your weather any time every day and night. go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt, you can't make this stuff up. >> al, you had someone else with the top down there a couple weeks ago, didn't you? >> we did, but that's another story. oh, yeah. thank you very much. and they were spectacular. still ahead, is your marriage headed in the wrong direction? why one couple says splitting up could save your relationship. but up next, is chocolate good for your health? we'll tell you about the results of the new study right after this.
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health, is chocolate good for you? according to a new study chocolate eaters may not only be getting their sweet tooth but lowering their risk for heart disease. dr. carrie peterson is an internist and "women's health" contributor. the headline sounds great, chocolate is good for you, but there are some important caveats. before we get into that part of it, tell us the good news, why is chocolate good for us? >> what the study found is looking at outcome on chocolate's ability to prevent cardio metabolic disease. they found that high chocolate consumption does decrease the risk of developing cardio metabolic disease by 30%. the outcomes looked at were stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. >> the effects were significant. >> 30% is considered significant, yeah. >> now, this study was one of those analysis of other studies. they looked at more than 100,000 people. there were shortcomings. the researchers were pretty candid about all that we don't
know about chocolate. >> that's correct. one limitation of this study is that it does not determine the quantity of chocolate that was consumed. it only divided into categories such as once a month or once a week. so we don't have that factor. and in addition, it did not tell us what type of chocolate was consumed, be it white or milk or dark chocolate. we know dark chocolate has the highest flavonoid content. >> there seems to be a bigs a center risk with this study. accessive consumption would induce weight gain. they're saying, yes, high amounts of chocolate may be good for us in one respect with regard to heart disease, but then again the sugar and fat can provide its own problems. >> that's correct, because commercially available chocolate is ladened with sugar and fat. that can cause weight gain. weight gain may counter act any of the benefit wes see here. >> out of curiosity, what
property does chocolate have that makes it healthful. i have in my notes something called flavonoid. >> cocoa contains flavonoids. c it induces these effects in a number of ways. first, it has anti-oxidant properties. these protect our cells from free radical damage. it also has anti-inflammatory properties which will prevent the development of plaque in the arteries. in addition, it can prevent clot formation by inhibiting plate t platele platelets. finally, it can enhance the ability of the anti-oxidants that we take in such as vitamin c, to work. >> so the flavonoids are good. are there other foods that are less fun than chocolate that are beneficial? >> there are, there are many who are not nearly as high in fat. greens and green and black tea, blackberries, cherries, and
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movie like "the tourist" you're not going to get it. a teacher said if you want to bite into an apple and discover it's an orange. it's like a serious movie about a sr. uerious subject and she i very much behind the scenes but to me it completely expands her. she's like a five-tool player in baseball. >> it's a difficult leap. there aren't a lot of people who have been able to do it successfully. actresses, i think of jodie foster, there aren't a lot of others who i can say have gone successfully from writing to director. >> she didn't take interim steps and do like a light comedy and then a more serious comedy and then she's like going all of the way for the scorsese movie. she's going for the -- >> serious stuff. >> serious fare, it's a love story that's controversial, featuring a prison guard and one of his wards. >> you come out of that movie completely questioning did i just see somebody fall in love with their torturer. it's like the stockholm syndrome or something. it really does make you question -- it's a very good
movie in that way. >> her professional life is interesting. it's her personal life that sells magazines and newspapers. what's happening there? what did she tell you? >> well, you know, after i spent time with her i got -- heard about all of this stuff about a secret wedding. i'm like, i don't want to be scooped on the secret wedding. the embarrassment of all time. i asked her point blank, she said, no, no secret wedding. i realized, this is the third story i've written about her and every time there's a swirl of rumors around her but she very steadily going up the middle. >> i know you interview a lot of celebrities and you were struck. it sounds like all of these efforts we see her involved in with the u.n. and overseas. it's genuine. it comes from a place from her heart. >> yeah, i think people that sort of watch her, sort of standard takes about all celebrities doing stuff like that is skeptical, skepticism. it seems like it's to sell an image or movie and doesn't seem real. i think that's how people look at this kind of stuff, even with her. i can tell you with my experience with her, it is real.
she does it -- a lot of it you don't even know she's doing it. it's done quietly and off screen. >> we're just hearing she has now gotten married. >> sorry about that. >> sorry about that. >> tough break. >> you can check out rich's interview with angelina jolie. it's in current issue of "vanity fai fair". good luck with it. >> thank you. >> thanks for coming. and can splitting up save your marriage? that's unrelated topic. how one couple made it work for them. >> that's all coming up right after your local news and weather. stuff around your house. but we don't make stuff. we make ovens. dual fuel double ovens. and they bake so evenly, so perfectly, that now, delicious is something you can depend on. we only make things for one room. the best room. your kitchen. we're devoted to it, delighted by it, and you can feel it in everything we make. nobody knows the kitchen like kitchenaid.
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your local news>fer. this is a news 4 newsbreak. >> good morning. i'm joe krebs. 7:56 on this tuesday morning. let's get a look on the morning traffic from danella sealock. >> we have major congestion on 66 as well as the innerloop of the beltway. i'm going to start with 66. you can see here very slow heading east from sully road toward the beltway. and on the beltway, innerloop jammed at robinson terminal to i-62347 maryland. slow new hampshire avenue on the outer loop. very slow towards the mormon hey, what are you drinkin'? dunkin' iced. the biggest iced coffee i can get. iced coffee helps me keep up. i love iced coffee.
day. stay with us. good morning, sunshine. over the shenandoah valley. fog. it's in the 50s there. that fog should dissipate over the next few hours. lots of sun elsewhere and all around the region. temperatures climbing in the mid and low 80 pps not very humid today, tomorrow or thursday or friday with highs in the 80s each day. over the weekend, a little more humid. hotter. small chance of an afternoon storm on sunday. >>
we're back now at 8:00 on a tuesday morning. 30th day of august, 2011. we could not ask for nicer people and nicer weather here in new york city. great day. we know a lot of people are still suffering from effects of hurricane and tropical storm irene. and we hope this weather gets to them and things clear up for them in the near future. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie who is in while ann is off today. and al roker joins us, as well. all right. how about this theory, okay? let's say you're married. >> okay. >> is it possible that if you're having trouble in your marriage, the best possible thing to do would be to split up to save
your marriage? >> it's a theory. >> we're going to meet one couple who said that's exactly what they did. it's the best thing they ever did. also coming up, we're going to be translating teen speak. if you really understand what your teenagers are saying when they say things like jitter pots, fetch, or totes magoat. we're going to get into teen lingo. it's going to be really groovy and far out. >> i'm not sure groovy still falls into that category. >> back to my era. i had to dig deep. >> smithers. alaska is known as the last frontier. and for me it really was. as the only state i had never been to until now. we're going to show you what happened on my very first alaskan adventure. >> such a beautiful state. >> it really is. >> pretty. we've got a lot to get to, but right now, natalie is standing by at the news desk with the headlines. hi. >> good morning, everyone. the death toll from hurricane and tropical storm irene reached
40 on monday with several people electrocuted by downed power lines. meantime, utility officials say it could still take weeks to restore electricity to all 5 million customers who lost power. washed out roads are making the clean-up difficult in parts of new england. a new tropical storm named katia has formed in the atlantic. former vice president dick cheney in an exclusive interview with matt lauer this morning said president obama isn't the only one who gets credit for the killing of osama bin laden. >> does it irk you at all that it's president obama who gets to say we got him? >> his memoir "in my time" was officially released today. rangers at yellowstone national park are trying to trap a grizzly bear who killed a camper there last week. nbc's miguel almaguer is in the park with us. >> good morning. because there are no witnesses to the attack park rangers are still trying to piece together a
time line of what exactly happened, but they say there is no doubt this deadly attack was caused by a grizzly. its beauty is breathtaking, but once again this year, yellowstone national park has been deadly. today the mary mountain trail is closed. this is where hikers found 59-year-old john wallace's body five miles from the trail's east end. the avenue individual outdoorsman, husband from michigan, was mauled to death, say park rangers, by a grizzly. the second fatal bear attack in yellowstone this year. >> he just was a wonderful hunter, kayaking, canoeing, loved the outdoors. he was physically fit. >> reporter: wallace was alone as he walked the 21-mile trail. grizzly tracks were discovered in the area. and although park rangers say food, a candy bar, was found on wallace there's no clear cause for the attack. >> it is a wild place, and we do have predators in yellowstone. >> reporter: with some 3.5 million yearly visitors to
yellowstone this is the second fate tar bear attack in just two months. in july a california man was mauled to death on a popular trail. an estimated 200 grizzlies roam free at yellowstone before this deadly summer the last fatality was 25 years ago. and though today rangers are trying to track down a killer bear, they say the park is safe. park rangers say there's no reason to suspect that either of the two attacked here are connected. they have laid three traps throughout the park to try to catch the grizzly responsible for last week's attack. natalie? >> miguel almaguer in yellowstone, thanks so much. now for a look at what is trending today. our quick round-up of what has you talking online. al leldged fistfight with a woman, he says a drunken man punched her friday night. she slugged him back and fox was briefly detained by police. football fans are googling
michael vick's big deal, just two years after his release from prison for dogfighting the philadelphia eagles quarterback has signed a six-year contract worth a reported $100 million. and it took two new york filmmakers to see the beauty in the chaos of hurricane irene. you hear there, even the most jaded new yorkers are passing the video around on facebook and the web. a little claire deloon behind it. let's go back outside to matt and savannah. >> over to al with the weather. >> why not. i think that's what we're supposed to do now. worked out >> natalie, thank you very much. >> we go over to al with the weather. >> why not? i think that's what we're supposed to do. worked out nicely. who are you wishing a happy birthday to? >> my son. >> what's your name?
>> christy. >> let's check that weather for you. pick city th sunny. hot. 103 degrees. news forecast for you today. we've got some wet weather down through florida. showers and thunderstorms. look for some severe weather making its way through the southern plains. gorgeous out west. a beautiful day in the pacific northwest. some winds in northern california. 112 in phoenix today and the heat continues in texas. what's your name, young man? what is it? >>. >> tell him your name. >> zach. >> zach is a little tired, i think. all right, zach. i know how you feel, pal. he's going, get away from me, weatherman, right now. i will take you down, fat boy. that's what's going on around -- he's not even looking at me. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning here. it's a fresh and cool morning. we've got the low humidity in
place. and it's down to just near 60 in the nearby suburbs. mid and upper 60s in washington and by the bay. elsewhere, in the 50s with some fog around the shenandoah valley. that should be dissipating in the next couple of hours. and later today, lots of sun, low humidity and light wind. highs >> hi, jack. i know how he feels. you, too? >> thank you, mr. roker. when we come back, separating to save your marriage? surprising way one couple rekindled their relationship, right after this. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need
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teenage sweethearts in love, building a home, raising a family, traveling together. over time their relationship was on the path of divorce. >> it sounds a little strong but i would say it was almost toxic. >> reporter: mark would escape to the golf course and jenen would shop with friends. >> you initiated separation, right? >> yes. i said, you know, this isn't work for either of us. it's time for a break. >> reporter: jenen kept the house, mark moved to this condo. the earnhardts were well aware for most couples separation is a dress rehearsal for divorce. it seemed counter intuitive but could separating actually save a marriage? >> taking a vacation from your marriage can work. >> reporter: allison cohen is a marriage therapist in los angeles. >> it can re-energize you. and when you have that energy you can bring it back to the relationship and really make the commitment work. >> reporter: was would it work for jenen and mark? >> hey, what's going on? >> reporter: at first during their split they only spoke about selling their home and
logistics of breaking up. then something happened. they began to communicate for the first time in years. >> so we would write each other a letter, we liked that because you can actually take the time to say things the way you want to and not speak out in anger or in frustration. >> it was just a relief to not be stressed and just mad and angry all the time. >> reporter: eventually this husband and wife began courting each other. >> when you showed up at the house with a bottle of wine, you started dating again, right? >> yeah, yeah. i was looking at her differently. looking at the positive things. >> and it was a great feeling. it was like coming home again. ♪ >> reporter: while jenen and mark warn separation can be risky, after three months they got back together and say their marriage is now on solid ground. your love is carved in concrete. >> i know. forever. >> reporter: the earnhardts share their insight in "marriage
works," a self-published guide to a happy marriage that recently got a attention of the "wall street journal." when you look at your wife, what do you see now? >> my best friend, you know. i think that's what we have become. >> reporter: proving separation can make the heart grow fonder. ♪ for "today," peter alexander, nbc news, washington. >> and marriage therapist gary newman has helped couples through trial separations. he's the author of "connect to love, the keys to transforming your relationship." good morning. >> good morning. >> this is unorthodox. you call this trial separation the hail mary pass of professional counselors. can it really work? >> it can work. but it's usually done when people are xas berated. there's so much anger at being around each other they can't see anything but the problems going on. so the concept of separating and really use that time to work on yourself is really the key.
>> and theory also that kind of reinvigorates the relationship like the couple we saw in the piece, it adds novelty to the relationship. >> if you separate and work on yourself. you have to confront yourself. a lot of these situations something has really hurt the other person. so they have to consider what have i done to sabotage my relationship. >> you basically say don't try this at home without a concrete plan. the first thing you say is most people need to be in some form of therapy during any trial separation. >> otherwise, you're just going nowhere. remember, a lot of things happen poorly during a separation. there has to be a plan. and the guide of a counselor or somebody who is keeping you honest in that relationship is the idea that we're going to work back to each other and, after that break, it is refreshing to re-introduce yourself a better me and a better you. >> your second piece of advice seems like a biggie. don't date during this trial separation. >> yes. nothing -- that's going to be terrible. if you date somebody new or go
back to somebody with whom you've cheated, that's pretty much dead. nothing can compare to something new, especially a relationship that's been fledgling and been a problem. you have to really keep yourself isolated and say, how am i becoming a better person? >> and for this to work, you have to have a designated time period. but how long? >> it can be anywhere from two weeks to two months. but there's got to be some time period. if you just have some indefinite, we'll separate and see whant happens, i know what' going to happen, you're going to get divorced. you have to have a plan moving in that direction. >> a lot of folks experience in marriages the time where distance really grows. it seems counter intuitive to think that a separation could actually bridge that distance. what's your view? why do marriages -- why do people grow apart as marriage goes on? >> believe it or not, life comes at us very fast. we can be so busy with kids and work and we can think we're living together but we're living parallel lives. people don't take the time to be
together the way they need to be. >> we want to leave on a high note. tips for how people can bring their marriages together without the extraordinary step of a trial separation. you say one thing you've got to spend more than 30 minutes together just alone each day. >> research shows those people are much happier. uninterrupted time. get rid of the blackberries and the cell phone. woman once told me her husband was cheating with fruits, apple and blackberry. number two -- >> mine, but not a good thing to experience in your marriage. >> number two, the date night. once a week for two hour, don't talk about three things, money, work, or kids. people say, what are we going to talk about? talk about what you're reading, talk about your life, what you saw on "today," today.com. mix it up. be creative. not just the same old stress. >> all right. gary newman, who we should mention is spending his 24 th anniversary with us today. so you know this. thank you. good to see you. coming up next, the lingo of today's teenagers.
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back now at 8:20 with parenting today. for generations teenagers have used their own language, usually in a cryptic way. while the lingo has evolved over the years it remains nearly impossible for parents to understand. >> whatever. >> are you cool, man? >> ah, narly. >> that was so fetch. >> don't have a cow. >> what's happening, hot stuff? >> geo pop. >> chilling. >> throwing down. >> macken on the biddies. >> fetch. >> my bad. >> you have raving hair. >> i'm tripping her. >> idk.
>> you're so emo. >> word. >> how can parents translate all this without having to use subtitles? joe levy is the editor in chief of "maxim" magazine, and a pop culture expert. guys, ladies, good morning to both of you. why do teens use slang? where does it come from? >> well, in what we just saw, a lot of it comes from hip-hop. but why do they use it? because teenager rs don't have power. you know, they need to borrow the keys to the car, they want to control the world. they need their own language, they need to create their own power any way they can. >> the parents seance this. i'm not sure parents need to understand it, do they? >> if it's dangerous, if they use certain language online that could be potentially harmful to them then you do need to understand. but for the most part it's harmless. it's a way for teenagers assert independence. what better way to distance yourself from your parents by speaking another language. literally leaving your parents lost in translation. >> i think joe is contractually right, a lot of it comes from
music and hip-hop and other kinds of music but technology is driving a lot of it as well, isn't it? >> yes. twitter demands that you speak in abbreviations. so if i'm lntq, i'm laughing to myself quietly. ltmq. >> it's true. used to the acronym. the way we're evolving we're going to right back to high if not careful. >> i think it distinguishes teenagers. what worries me is when it replaces speaking properly. what's cool when you're a teenager in high school is not cool in a job interview. >> or when you put it in a resume or coverleter. >> as parents, how do you deal with that? >> one of the good things as a parent is show you child this is great when you're having moments with your friends or online with your friend but in a professional setting and in a place that requires decorum and
formality, leave the slang behind. >> absolutely. i think you want them to know there's a place for everything. you've got to let your kids know there's a place to talk like that, just like there's a way to act on the ball field and a way to act at home. you know, they've got to know there's a way to speak to their friends and a way to speak to the rest of the world. >> what's your advice to marn parents, and you hear this all the time. parents try to use the lingo that their teenagers do. there's nothing worse than a 53-year-old father saying i'm down with that. so do you say, parents -- >> i'm pretty sure a teenager wouldn't even understand that. a little bit old school. >> do you tell parents don't even attempt it? is that the best advice? >> yes. >> it's fine too to look it up online to understand it. it would be mortifying to the child to hear their parent trying to speak to them in their own language. >> in front of their friends. >> and they won't get it right. you just won't get it right. you'll use hooking up to mean connecting the tv to the cable and your kid will look at you like, well, yeah. >> only thing worse is watching
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good morning. feast your eyes on the four-day forecast. settled weather as the recovery continues from irene for the next few days. and low humidity in place. and the fog we have around the shenandoah valley should be dissipating in the next few hours. in to the weekend, more humid on saturday and sunday. there's a chance of a shower or storm late sunday. danella, how is traffic? >> still major congestion in our area. this is 270. you are jammed south from shady
open. >> that was a long way to go. >> you got to go where you got to go. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie and al roker and natalie morales as well. and coming up, giada de laurentiis is back this morning with your labor day barbecue. great recipes with everything from steak sandwiches to italian smores. when you put the marshmallow on the grill, you go, how you doin'? that makes it an italian smore. >> you know as a journalist you want big interviews. matt had the vice president earlier today. we had a sixth grader who has you beat, matt. he has already gone one-on-one with the president billion and he's here. he's going to tell us all about his experience. >> that's cool. great experience. >> good for him. also, we're going to meet a man who has traveled all 50 states now and he is standing right here. >> oh, that would be me. >> yes. >> that's right. i had never spent the night in
alaska. finally got to do it. i did it in style. i got to go mushing. i got to go dogsledding. having a wonderful time. it was a great experience. we're going to share that with you. cooking, a little bit of everything. >> look forward to it. >> that looks like a luge there. >> that's right. >> water must have tasted amazing. >> a lot of mineral content. you can only drink so much. and then, yikes. >> how about how about a check weather. for today, we're basically looking at gorgeous weather in the northeast. mid-atlantic states. we've got some rain in the midsection of the country. the heat continues in the southwest. some clouds in the pacific northwest. 86 degrees in l.a. cooling down just a little bit. it will be sizzling again tomorrow. slight risk of strong storms along the northern plains. mild here in the east. another gorgeous day in the east tomorrow. intermittent showers and storms through florida. the hot weather continues from texas on into the central plains. the good news is they will get some relief as we head into the
weekend. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> sunny and cool throughout much of the region. except shenandoah valley has some fog. it's in the 50s there. a bit milder east of the blue ridge. low to mid-60s. now 67 at reagan national. near 70 in northern maryland. later today into the low and mid-80s. not much humidity and a light wind. lots of sunshine. partly cloudy wednesday, thursday and friday. highs low to mid-80s. morning lows low to mid-60s. still not very humid. more humid over the labor day weekend. labor day itself turning less humid. mayb don't forget, you can get your weather any time of the day or night, weather channel on cable, weather.com online. i did not know you have wanted to always do the weather. >> i have. >> show us that. >> the green screen and say -- is that how you do it? the low pressure moves? >> i've never done that in my life. that's kind of a dance move. >> it wanted to, you know, bring some of that to it. enough with this weather. coming up next, giada de
this morning on cooking with bid d giada, we're talking about labor day grilling. why not bump it up a notch with giada de laurentiis, she has great recipes for your labor day barbecue. you're going to start with a steak sandwich, sliced steak sandwich. you like rib eye. why do you like that cut for this recipe? >> it's a marbleization. it's juicy, tender. at the end of the day it's a little more expensive so i'm going to slice it up and stretch it. it's guaranteed to taste good and juicy. >> you're going to american nad it in a zip-lock bag. how long? >> 30 minutes. 30 minutes. >> how about two hours, though, you can go, right? >> yes, good. >> i read the notes. >> you don't want to leave it
too long because balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. it breaks it down. so we're going to use a quarter cup of soy sauce, a quarter cup of balsamic, and a quarter cup of seeds. >> you're going to put it in the fridge? >> yes. i actually like to bring it out about five or ten minutes before i put it on the barbecue to bring it down to room temperature. >> pop that on the grill because we're going slicing it up for the sandwich, do you cook it less, do you cook it more? what do you prefer? >> no. this is the two tips i tell people when grilling. once you put the steak down or anything down, leave it oi loan. for a steak medium rare, five to six minutes. lay it down and wait for a nice crust forms. then flip it over. okay? then when you take it off, you need to let it rest about ten minutes. >> it still actually cooks for a minute or two after you take it off the grill. >> sure. depends on how you like it. then you take the rib eye.
if you want to come over here you can help me here. >> okay. >> you're going to prep the -- here, just put the notes here. >> don't worry about it. >> so take out some of the -- some of the inside of the meat, of the bread. you want to make room -- you want to make room -- so sour cream. >> that's it? the only two things is sour cream? >> yes. a little salt and pepper. i imagine going to cut the steak. what we're going to do -- do you like a lot of this or just a little? >> however much you like i don't like too much because it's very potent. >> okay. >> okay. so here, now. we'll take some of the meat and put it right there. you can put some arugula right on top. see, all the fat and marbleization in the rib eye makes it juicy. >> slice it up? >> cut it in half. you're done. >> perfect. good recipe.
great. let's move on. >> wait. come back just a second. >> so instead of a regular salad, i take romaine, cut it in half. a little olive oil, salt and pepper, throw them on the grill. two minutes. it should be warm, just warm therm slightly. >> tell me what they're waking mere. >> moving on here. this is a like pizza. take a cookie cutter like this. >> this is store bought pizza dough. >> store bought pizza dough. take it and just put apples and a little bit of -- actually mozzarella. >> mozzarella and apples? >> yes. and then a little bit of beets. >> my kids just left the building. >> it doesn't matter. you can put anything you want on it. >> all right. you put those on the grill? >> you put them on the grill just like that. >> indirect side of the heat? >> correct. not too high a heat. >> great. finally, you're going to make some italian smores. what makes it italian versus
good old american? >> the chocolate. chocolate spread instead of regular chocolate. it's got that rich flavor that i think makes it out of this world. >> you're doing it on little sliced baguettes? >> i do take a little baguette and slice it. put it in the oven or on the grill. sometimes with a little sugar on it to give it a little extra crunch, sugary crunch. go ahead. >> i just noticed something about you. >> what? >> you don't like -- people either like their marshmallows lightly brown or crusty and crimin grilled beyond recognition. i like them crusty and grilled beyond recognition. if you hold your hand over it you can't do. >> i can get in deeper than you. >> your chef's hands are used to that. and this is a great way to make a dessert. giada, thank you very much. i'm going to go to the steak sandwich. you go right to the smore. much more ahead in just a
back now at 8:43 with the assignment of a lifetime for some budding young journalists. two young sixth graders got the chance to interview president obama of september issue of "scholastic news" magazine. here's what one of those students asked. >> what is the greatest challenges facing our generation? >> well, there's a lot of challenges that all of you face. each generation has its own challenges. i think that right now the biggest challenge facing the country is the economic challenge, trying to figure out how we grow the economy and make sure everyone has a good job, everybody ho who is willing to k has a good job. >> and that kid reporter 12-year-old jacob schroeder is here with us now. he's a member of the scholastic news kid press corps.
good morning. congratulations on your big scoop. >> thank you. good morning to you. >> you were the first of two reporter to actually get down and talk to president obama, sit down with him. you didn't know exactly what the assignment would be when your editor first told you, right? >> yeah, it was a non-disclosed interview that was going to be on july 15th. my editor asked me if i would be available for a surprise interview and i said yes. >> when you found out it was president obama, what was your reaction? >> i was thrilled. i actually really couldn't believe it. >> so take us back to that moment. you walk in. you're in the white house. you're in the looi braibrary. and the president walks. what happened? how did you feel? i was surprised because it wasn't announced he was coming in that moments. i was really surprised. but i just went on. >> and how did you prepare your questions? i mean, that's really hard to do for anybody, yet let alone somebody in sixth grade. >> well, it was a short-notice interview, but i did memorize my questions and then i wrote them
down on a cue card. >> you are sitting across from him. you see him on tv and sitting across with them and looking back at you. did you get the jitters a little bit? >> i don't know exactly. but i do know that it was very exciting. i just couldn't believe that was really happening. >> and now you did ask him pretty serious questions. how did you think of the questions and what did you ask him? >> well, i worked with my editor. >> another student also got to interview the president. she was supposed to be here, too, but because of the hurricane, couldn't get her flight out. anyway, you asked your questions to the. >> and also with my editor. so we had questions and trust our readers, and i asked him a variety of questions. one of the questions i asked him was kids across america -- wait, no. the question that i asked him was, what -- >> what they read? >> no, it was the question, what
are the greatest challenges facing our generation. that was the question. and the president said that each generation has its own challenges. but he specifically talked about and shared concerns about the economy, the environment, and education. >> i also notice you got a cool response when you asked the president what he liked to read. let's play a portion of your interview. >> when you were our age, what did you like to read? >> you know, when i was your age, i'm trying to think back. i think i was -- i was -- i probably got a little too old for "the hardy boys" and that stuff. i think i was getting into like "the lord of the rings" and "the hobbit" and stuff like that. and i confess that i did read comic books, as well. >> you had him stumped there for a minute.
what surprised you about what he said he had read? >> i was not expecting him to admit he read comic books, like spider-man. >> you said he told you he read some of the harry potter books, too. >> yeah, he read every single book so he could watch the movies with his kids. >> okay. and now when the interview was over i understand there was another special visitor. >> yes. >> who did you see? >> i saw beau, the first dog. it was really thrilling to see that. >> and i know the president gave you a gift. and you brought some of it here. what did he give you? >> he gave us a presidential goody bag with a frisbee, a yo-yo, a mini constitutional booklet, a presidential seal. but i did bring presidential m&ms. this one is planin, this one is peanut. what's special about them is the presidential seal on the back of them. and the manufactured signature of the president. but what i like best about the peanuts is that the president
himself gave them to me. >> that's pretty cool. and then now the dilemma. do you eat them or do you just admire them? >> i don't know. i'm debating. >> okay. jay s jay cob schroeder, so nice to meet you. everybody can watch jacob's complete interview at scholastic.com. coming up next, al's once in a lifetime alaskan adventure. but this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back now at 8:49. al has criss-crossed the country over the years traveling to almost every single corner of america. but, until recently there was one place he had never been. >> that's right. alaska is over twice the size of texas, with unforgettable memories of every stop. earlier this summer when we were on our lend a hand tour, i visited the last frontier, my 50th state and got a taste of the alaskan spirit. it is a land of unparalleled wonder, majestic peaks and wildlife. alaska is america's last frontier. a picture postcard at every turn. first up, the glacier, 26 miles of ice formations and distance a helicopter ride away. the vastness of the landscape is awe inspiring. our guide of the day peter, he
runs the river lodge and has been coming here for 24 years. what brought you to the glacier? >> look around you. big glacier. we don't have them at home. >> reporter: he came to the right place. this is just one of about 100,000 glaciers in alaska. what we found on this day was a rare moulin, a shaft flown by surface water percolating through the ice. this was a big one. >> we start measuring at 70 meters. it may be, you know, much more deep. we don't know. it's deep and dark and cold. >> reporter: after a fresh drink of glacier water -- that's a good stuff. >> it is. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: it was back in the chopper off to try another
alaskan mainstay. further up, dog mushing. iditarod racer is here to show me the ropes. what do you think the most popular misconception about dogsledding? >> that it's cruel and that the dogs don't like doing it. you see how these guys love to run. >> let's do it. >> all right. this is the handlebar. important one. rule number one in mushing, never let go. >> the most important part, to me, the seat. time to go. mush! whoa! yee! oh, my gosh! ♪ oh! from dogs and snow to the wild blue yonder, it's off to a more serene location for an up close
view of wildlife and some nature viewing at the lodge. when people come out here who haven't been out for the first time, what is that like? >> i think people are surprised by the vastness of it, and it's a little bit incomprehensible to some people. >> reporter: and unforgettable. >> we've seen a bald eagle, we've seen a black bear. pretty good. >> we're getting there. >> just catch a salmon. >> reporter: even though the salmon were plentiful, i didn't quite end up with one. no matter, but there was a surprise waiting for me back at the lodge. a little alaskan backcountry grilling with award winning chef kirsten dixon. >> here you are in the heart of alaskan backcountry and you're about to cook salmon. how do you feel about that? >> i like it. i'm ready. i'm more comfortable with eating the salmon. >> okay. ♪
>> so, what do you think? >> that's fantastic. that's salmon. >> reporter: after lunch, time to relax. believe me i know it doesn't look like it, but i am roughing it. carly, this champagne is not properly chilled. i am really having a hard time. not too hard, of course. it was an alaskan adventure of ice, snow, dogs, wildlife, and plains, an experience of a lifetime. you know, one of the bald eagles twited that he saw a bald black guy. actually the magnitude -- >> that's a really long way to go for that one. clear across the country. >> that's true. you can see more of my adventures in alaska, learn about the alaskan way of life on our website, today.com. >> beautiful place.
>> it really is. it's stunning. the video can't even really do justice to it. >> cross it off your bucket list. >> on my bucket list. >> a long way to go for that, al. just ahead, answers to those embarrassing health questions you avoid asking your doctor. >> we've got some doozies. but first, your local news and weather.
weather. >> a couple from you, huh? this is a news 4 news break. >> 8:56 is your time on this tuesday, august 30th, 2011. i'm eun yang. let's get an update on the forecast. tom kierein is in the storm center with the latest. nice refreshing start to the morning. >> it's a wonderful day. around the region now, we are in the 60s to near 70 degrees. and these temperatures are going to be holding steady here for another hour or two. we've got some fog in the shenandoah valley dissipating as well. and then later today, lots of sun, low humidity. partly cloudy wednesday, thursday, and friday. still not very humid. pleasant. getting more humid for the okay, you're the good cop. i'm the bad cop. look, it's still a great time to refinance.
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still have a lot of congestion in your area. slow from route 100 all the way to route 197. lile give you a live view at 270. the story sheer not good heading south. you are actually slow out of germantown. and you are still traveling slow to shady grove all the way down to the spur. and traveling 95 north, very slow as you are making your way towards lorton. those delays continue as you head on to 395. i've checked 395 forever yfor you. you are delayed from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. another new
back now with more of "today" on this tuesday morning. 30th day of august, 2011. you can see from the flags in the foreground, nice light breeze here in manhattan. sunny skies and a couple of souls sticking around. we thank them very much for their time this morning. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie. ann is off today. al roker joins us as well. sitting here, we've got this stunning weather and we just have to stop and remember that there are a lot of people still feeling the effects of hurricane and then tropical storm irene. when you think about what's going on in vermont, where you have bridges and roadways washed away, that actually cut off people in about a dozen towns in that state from rescuers.
could take several days to get to them. we're going to be doing there to report on that in just a little while. and then your embarrassing health questions. we will ask and answer them, from anything from ear wax to smelly feet to regular bowel movements. you don't want to ask your doctor, but you should because maybe it's something more serious going on. we're going to ask those questions. save you the embarrassment. i will be the only one embarrassed in the segment. >> i want another bowl of cheerios. >> public service, al. >> thanks so much. and with our kids heading back to school, the morning routine is obviously going to get a little more hectic. but guess what, there are some high-tech options to help you out in the morning. everything from getting traffic alerts to your cell phone to apps that actually help you with you're cheerios, get your organized and out the door as quickly as possible. >> all right. lots to get to. let's go inside. natalie has the headlines. hi. >> good morning, everyone. the calm after the storm, the
east coast is taking stock of irene's devastation. the death toll has risen to at least 40 and nearly 5 million homes and businesses are still without electricity. the weather channel's jim cantore is in hard hit brattloboro, vermont. >> three people losing their life here in the green mountain state. 20,000 people without power in new england. classic case of what happened in a flash flood. you can see the river plotding its own direction when it rises this quickly, creating this building here in brattleboro. that's the second floor bent over and hang ing there in the river. either way, the statement out of the governor's office said it this morning. the governor is calling it the worst flood in vermont state history. hurricanes are rare in new england. but who would believe that land locked vermont would take one of the hardest hits from this ocean
storm? new england's green mountain state is dealing with its worst flooding since 1927. >> i don't think you can ever imagine how devastating natural disasters can be until you are actually go through run. >> reporter: after an unusually wet august the rainfall from irene flushed river systems, washing out roads and cutting off towns. >> the wedding was absolutely beautiful. >> reporter: she got married this weekend at the vermont summer camp of her childhood. >> the clouds burst open, and it started dumping rain. >> reporter: now she and over 100 of her guests are trapped because an area bridge gave way. the army corps of engineers says it will be at least four days before they have a road out. across northeast, irene's punch was packed in what it poured on, new jersey governor chris christie laid out the historic reality. >> nine river locations have reached or passed record flooding levels. >> reporter: on monday, reshowed you this house explosion in
pampton lakes, new jersey. their trucks useless in the water, firefighters had to swim to the blaze. ken davis look for memories in his coastal connecticut home. while hay bails floated down a main street in the catskills. in north carolina e whole chunks of road are no more. even though the flash flooding is over, several areas remain under water. >> it's going to take time to recover from a storm of this magnitude. >> reporter: cash strapped by the bad economy, state and local governments will need major help in getting their communities back on their feet. monday along the east coast, there were over 5 million people still without electricity. it could be days before they get switched back on. clean-up crews have hundreds of downed trees to deal with. and while the airlines, buses, and some railroads are slowly getting back to schedule, countless homes and businesses
remain paralyzed. hurricane irene may be gone but the memory of its brutal visit lives on. and some good news this morning. the cavalry on its way to vermont. 30 fema trucks loaded with water, food, and supplies, generators, what not, to giver monthe mon vermonters an uplift. it is now the tenth multi-billion dollar natural weather disaster in 2011. natalie, back to you. >> it's been a terrible year. jim cantore in brattloboro, vermont. dick cheney in an exclusive interview with matd this morning saying president obama isn't the only one who gets credit for the killing of osama bin laden. >> does it irk you at all that it's president obama who gets to say we got him? >> no, i think you've got to give them credit and i did publicly. >> i know you did. >> i think it's also fair to say that there were thousands of people out there, especially the
career professionals and the military, special ops community and the intelligence community, that devoted ten years of their lives to tracking this guy down. it started under bush. we worked it for seven years. we passed it on to president obama. and he was there when the call was made to send in the troops. he gets credit for that. >> his memoir "in my time" was released today. the alaska mom who punished her 7-year-old boy by making him dri hot sauce and take cold showers will not go to jail. a judge on monday sentenced jessica beagley to counseling and three years probation. beagley said she had her son's best interest in mind even though she videotaped the punishment for a tv appearance which eventually led to her arrest. the x-rays you're about to see is a might make you wins but rest assured the victim is recovering. 86-year-old arizona man fell on to the handle of his gardening shears last months and one handle went through his eye socket and right down his neck.
surgeons at the university of medical center in tucson were able to remove the shears and even save the man's eye. so ended up well. it is now seven minutes past the hour. let's go back outside again to mt. and al. >> amazing. >> gruesome, yeah. >> incredible stuff. s go back outside again to matt and al. >> that's amazing. >> pretty gruesome. >> really incredible stuff. natly, thank you. how about a check of the weather? >> we're a little nervous right now. we've got a tropical storm out there. that's coming off of irene. that always makes us nervous. 535 miles west-northwest of the southernmost cape verde islands. katia moving west at 17. the path of the storm brings it out into the atlantic by early sunday. we're counting on a trough coming east out of the plains states that will deflect it and we won't have to worry about it. we are expecting a beautiful day in the east. mid-atlantic states, some showers in the central plains. heat continues from texas into the southwest.
a few clouds in the pacific northwest. windy conditions in northern california today. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, midmorning temperatures are into the 60s in most areas now. and the fog is continuing to dissipate in the shenandoah valley. now 71 at reagan national. later today, low and mid-80 pps not much humidity. not much wind. lots of sunshine. partly cloud ewednesday, thursday, friday. still not very humid. as we get toward the weekend, we may get more humid on saturday and sunday for the labor day weekend. >> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> all right, al, thanks. this morning on "today's" health, your embarrassing questions answered. you know we all have issues from time to time that we're too hesitant to bring up to our doctors. getting an answer can be important to your long-term health. so dr. terry peterson, internist and contributor to "women's health" magazine is here. let's put it out there.
does anything shock your doctor at this point? >> no, nothing will shock us and nothing will embarrass us. i think if you present your embarrassing question, that you will feel relieved. >> all right. the first question is when i think a lot of women have, they look down in the shower and see a bunch of hair on the drain and think, why is my hair falling out? what can you do about it? is it a sign of something more serious? >> it is a common problem. to reassure people, you can lose 150 strands a day without it being considered abnormal. and up to 30% of women will experience excessive hair loss by the time they approach age 50. now, there are environmental causes, such as pulling your hair back too tightly or wearing a hair weave or color treating it. if you've got vitamin d and iron deficiency, chronic stress, and thyroid disease or certain auto immune diseases like lupus can do it as well. >> if your worried, ask your doctor. another issue on the rise actually, adult acne. a lot of women think, my
goodness, the one benefit of getting older is no acne and yet some have it. >> the cause is very similar to what it is in teenagers, which is bacteria and oil in the skin. two things trigger it. there's a genetic predisposition. if your parents have it there's a good chance you will get it. secondly, there are hormone changes that can happen in adults that can contribute to acne such as pregnancy, menstruation and sometimes even menopause. there's another condition that can do it. >> what do you recommend to ease adult acne? >> as you age, eventually it will go away. typically it's in your mid 40s. at "women's health" recommend, using oil free products and makeup only. use products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic
acid oral fa-hydroxi acid. birth control pills can be helpful. >> the next one, some women worry if they don't have a bowel movement daily there may be something wrong with them. >> that is not true. do not worry because you do not need to have a bowel movement daily to be considered regular. the normal range could be anywhere from three times a day to three times a week. the key is to recognize is it different for you. if you have a decreased frequency from what's normal to you you might be constipated. >> a lot of people use the q-tip to clean out their ears from ear wax. some people wonder if they have too much ear wax. how do you know? >> first off, ear wax typically prevents bacteria and dirt from entering the ear. ears are self cleaning. usually make its way out. but some people do overproduce wax. if that's you you can experience certain symptoms which can be pain, itching, ringing of the
ears, a clogged sensation or even earring loss. >> our next one, smelly feet. we've got people tell us all the time i'm embarrassed to take my shoes off in front of other people because my feet stink. why does that happen and what can you do about it? >> the smelly feet is from back to bacteria that drives when your feet sweat. if you decrease the bacteria, wash your feet with antibacterial soap and also you can apply a little bit of baking soda in the shoe or in the sock. decrease the sweat, first wear socks that have breathable material, cotton instead of a nylon, you want to use shoes well ventilated. rotate them often and let them really dry out. apply an antiperspirant to the soles of your feet. >> that's a new one. dr. peterson, thank you very much. and actually if you have any embarrassing health questions we didn't get to today, you can send them to us at today.com and
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we're seeing a lot of people going on yahoo! right now looking for alarm clocks. the most popular ones right now are the sonic boom aalarm clocks and alarm clocks for kids in is the okay to wake owl. this is great for kids who don't know how to tell time yet. you put it in the crib or toddler bet and you push the tummy. >> good morning. it's okay to wake now. >> it turns green and has a message. at night for parents who want to get sleep themselves it tells the child to go back to sleep. when they push the tummy it says go back to sleep. >> good morning. >> this is still good morning. anyway, moving on, this is the teach me time clock. this is also by the same company. all these you can get on amazon. this one is for a youngster that is starting to tell time. it has both an analog and a digital. and it talks to you. also has games you can play with your child so as they learn to tell time and it gets more advanced as they go.
these are the sonic boom alarm clocks. >> a little more active. >> this is for a teenager. this comes with a sensor that shake yours bed. not only is it loud but it shakes your bed. and these are also good nor obviously people who are not only hard to wake but hard of hearing, as well. >> added bonus. >> very popular right now. and lastly, a lot of people looking for what are the best apps. people are interested in ones that include weather. this one is for the iphone. this one is called alarm clock rio. it's free. or you can get it for 99 cents without ads. it includes the weather in your area. so you can sync with your music and pick out your own song. >> what about the ipad? >> uone of the other big headaches, i'm sure you have this at home, too, brush their teeth, come to the breakfast table. these are ways to motivate kids, including sticker charts. what this is is actually a digital sticker chart to
motivate your child. there is an app called the ireward chart. instead of posting it on your fridge, have it on your phone or ipad. it actually keeps track of the task you want your children to complete every day and their reward. so my son ian, here you go, one of his tasks is brush teeth. today he did that. i gave him a star. gave him two stars. the kids can do this themselves, too, which is fun because it has the sound effects. at the end of the week we go to our balance, we see he has 62 stars. he's been really good. there's a payout. so he can choose. for ten stars he can get a book. for another ten stars new crayons. work up to big -- to -- showing you. to bigger prizes, as well, like maybe a trip to the zoo. you can edit this yourself which is great because it gets the kids involved and also a great visual and you don't have to worry about running out of stickers. >> we use this with our director.
every time he gets a slot we give him a star. >> terrific. >> and then getting your dpro groceries. >> of course, one of the big stresses in the morning is getting everyone set and packing lunch. >> sure. >> who wants to open up the pantry and suddenly find out, we're out cheerios or we don't have baggies. there's a great site called alice.com. what alice is is essentially your own personal shopper. you set up your account with the things you use most and then it prompts you when you're about to run out. so it sends you an e-mail and says, hey, it's time to order. in addition, it finds the coupons for the items that you use most. you don't have to look for those online coupons as well. it sends it to you with free shipping. >> everybody out the door. now time to drive everybody to school or to work. and there's even traffic apps. >> right. one of the ones that i like is called beat the traffic. it's really cool, it actually integrates live traffic cams. you should note, you should not be using this while you're driving. but before you leave you can
actually set it up to look at the various intersections and roadways that you use most and it will show you what those traffic conditions are at the moment. and it also will give you maps and projections for what the traffic may be. you can set it up to find out about road work. it's just a lot of fun. and it certainly can help take some of the stress out. >> heather, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. we'll be back with more after this. ♪ [ female announcer ] find yourself sometimes cleaning up after your dishcloth? bounty extra soft can help. it's super durable, and in this lab test bounty extra soft leaves this surface three times cleaner than a dishcloth. even with just one sheet. super clean. super soft. bounty extra soft. in the pink pack. and try bounty napkins.
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going to attempt and get some good tips to folks. >> that's right. speaking of igniting the flame we're going to do some japanese grilling in today's kitchen. we're going to make traditional japanese barbecue skewers just in time for labor day. >> okay. first, another check of the weather? >> absolutely. let's show you what's happening for today. we've got gorgeous weather here in the first, another check of the weather for us? >> absolutely. let's show you what's happening for today. we've got gorgeous weather in the east into the ohio river valley. strong storms developing later today in the midplains. some clouds in the pacific midwest. heat continues in texas. as we move into tomorrow, we're expecting beautiful weather up heat continues. gulf coast, southwest, into texas. slight risk of strong storms in the northern plains. a few clouds in the pacific northwest and the sizzling weather extends into southern california. that's what's going the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. temperatures around the
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now to the latest on 2 disappearance of a maryland woman in aruba. the suspect's father is speaking out for the first time and nbc's jeff rossen spoke with him exclusively. jeff, good morning. >> hi, savannah. good morning. we didn't know much about gary giordano until now. we know that police told us he's lied to them repeatedly during interrogations and questioning, he was arrested as he was trying to leave aruba, even as robyn gardner was missing and a prime suspect in this case. but this morning his father is speaking with nbc news exclusively, opening up because he said he was watching the coverage on television back in the u.s. and had to stand up and say something. so he is speaking out about his
son giordano and the kais against him. it is a side of gary giordano we have never seen before, the family man, here posing with his three children, we're protecting their identities. and in this photo, he's with his dad. >> the least i can do is stand up for my son and tell the world that what they've been hearing about him is not true. he's not a monster. >> reporter: frank giordano is 80 years old, battling cancer. now defending his son, the prime suspect in the disappearance of robyn gardner. >> i would like to show the other side, the side that gary is a good human being who is good to his family and good to his friends. i know that he would not be able to kill someone, murder someone. >> reporter: gary giordano stands by his story, that he and robyn were snorkeling in aruba, he disappeared he did nothing
wrong. but police say it doesn't add up, holding him behind bars. no visitors or phone calls allowed. >> he's just been put in isolation, but it's not just his isolation, it's ours, as well. >> reporter: but, he says, gary's children miss him most. >> he's very close to the kids. he's almost a big kid himself. they love coming over to his house. >> reporter: but gary giordano has had problems with women. he's twice divorced and, according to police reports, two ex-girlfriends have filed restraining orders against him. but frank's long-time companion whose known gary for 12 years says gary is one of the good guys. >> any time i've ever seen him with a woman, he's always been very kind and caring and gives them his full attention. and i've never seen him out of line with a woman. >> reporter: they say gary has vacationed with several girlfriends and loves the water.
but if things were serious with robyn gardner, it's news to them. >> the whole situation is strange. i don't know the young lady. everybody is talking about her. i've never met her. and i've never heard gary talk about her. >> reporter: a bizarre mystery in paradise. the prime suspect behind bars. and now gary giordano's father just hopes his son is watching. >> i'd like him to know that even though we can't contact him, we would love to be able to contact him, that we both love him very dearly, and that he's missed. and i can hardly wait for him to come back. >> reporter: there is a court hearing scheduled for this week, perhaps as early as today, where a judge in aruba will decide whether they can continue to hold him behind bars. it works here differently here in aruba versus the u.s. in this case the hearing won't be public, not even held in a
courthouse. instead they're setting up a little small private courtroom at the prison here in aruba. the judge will go there to avoid the media circus. it will happen in private. we're told we will find out what happens and what the judge's decision is after the fact. by the way, savannah, gary's father says if he gets any inkling that he can come down here to aruba to visit his son, he will be on the first flight down. coming up next, the little things make all the difference. we'll help you make over your marriage in five minutes. we'll help you make over your marriage in five minutes. that's right after this. many t, i feel the best approach to food is to keep it whole for better nutrition. and that's what they do with great grains cereal. see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grains steams and bakes the actual whole grain. now check out the other guy's flake. hello, no seam. because it's more processed. now, which do you suppose has better nutrition for you? mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal.
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or trufrustrated, simple everyd strategies can help make your love last. jill is the editor in chief at "redbook." by the way, we have exactly five minutes to help everybody at home. let's get that clock going right now. both of you say and all the experts say in marriage that really you can help your marriage just by checking in with each other and doing little things throughout the darks right? >> yeah. it's not about having big talks or devilling into your issues. all this research about marriage and divorce tells us it's the little things you do for each other that make or break your relationship. >> all right. let's get the advice started. first, i think a lot of people have fallen victim to this. that is you expect your spouse to read your mind. and, jill, the advice is, you got to just ask for what you want. >> absolutely. don't hope he will magically intu it what you need. if you've had a rough day and you need a hug. i need a hug. it's perfectly fair play to give him clues. he wants to please you and make you happy. let him know. >> no guessing there, right,
robi? >> yeah. no need in playing a guessing game. the more you explain to your partner what you want and need the more they will be able to intuit what you want. it is okay with this, so to vent, as well. >> yeah. >> that's the other piece of advice. it's okay to have a quick venting session because sometimes your spouse needs to hear what is on your mind. >> also, when you're sharing intimate details about your day, that's when you really feel close to your partner. when you're sharing things you wouldn't share with the outside world. here's the good news. that you don't necessarily need to have a solution for all of the problems that you're presenting at that moment. it's really not about presenting solutions. it's just about being heard and being listene eed to in that moment. that's what really helps us to feel loved. >> empathy and complimenting your spouse every now and again. everybody loves a compliment. it's important for them to know how you feel about them and for you to stand out from other
people. >> abt absolutely. when you're in a group of people, why not just be open and say, you know, she's such a great mom or he's doing fabulously at work or he's such a great cook. we often are nicest to our spouses when they're nowhere near us. do it in front of other people. >> continue with that positive behavior when they know they're appreciated and valued for it. >> that's so true. positive re-enforcement always works. >> we have all come home in a bad mood sometimes. the advice here is to take time for yourself. take five minutes, jill, take a time-out because we all need it. >> take the mail on the porch. get away from your spouse because you don't want to start picking at him or her. you just want to let that go. >> the goal is not to be highly reactive. we're not supposed to dump all over our partner just because they're there. you need to realize that our mood really does impact them. and to take responsibility for it. it really makes a huge positive impact on your relationship when you say, you know, i'm going to take responsibility for my mood.
it doesn't mean you can't share what's going on but you don't want to replace it, like taking the docg. >> we are also busy these days. a lot of people are traveling for work. and, jill, the other piece of advice really is to take some time out and to celebrate what you have, share a toast with each other. >> suggest making a toast, if you wait for your next anniversary or the next time one of you gets a promotion that could be a long time. >> right. >> and it's just such a nice thing to do, to lift a glass, a little ritual, and say what you appreciate about one another, what you've got going good together. yay, we got through irene. >> appreciate the finer moments. >> okay. >> and then, robi, lastly, important not to assume that we know everything about our partner. you say to ask an out there question so you can learn something more about them. >> things get stale when you think you know everything about a person. is truth is you never will know everything about your partner. be a student of your partner. and really discover things that are new. that's what we do when we're first dating, right?
we can't get enough and we want to learn more. carry that into your relationship. ask something like, hey, what's something you've never told anybody before, i want to hear about it. or if you would live anywhere in the world, where would it be? see what you discover. >> such an amazing turn-on. >> it's exciting to learn something entirely new about the person that you fell in love with, right? >> you experience them differently, too, when you find out new information. >> exactly. don't talk about the kids, things you already know. expert on earlier had that advice. >> or mix it up. >> mix it up a bit. >> ladies, we are under our time. you guys did great. >> thank you. >> great information, as always. thanks so much. still to come this morning, the art of grilling japanese style. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
easys a one, two, three. japanese style grilling. want to spice up your labor day barbecue, the chef in atlantic city at the hotel is here with ancient inspired flavors. good to see you. >> good to see you again. >> your hotel restaurant has survived irene okay? >> it did. the one in philadelphia had a little bit more damage than the one at the beach but it's all good. we're going to teach you how to grill. simple stuff. things you can go at the house. different concept than regular grilling because you want to use a low heat and do it slowly. >> there is good for inside grilling? >> great. first thing here, we have a marinade for the beef. you can use a filet, new york strip. i have a filet here. lemon, chili, garlic, soy sauce in there. >> all of it? >> all of it. and some water. all you do is grab a filet. you want to soak the skewer so they don't burn. whatever you cup, whether it's chicken, beef, shrimp, try and get it to be the same size because when you put it on the
skewer, it grills evenly. you've done this before? >> just kind of figured it out. >> good. we have the beef that's marinated. >> for how long? >> five or six hours. in the fridge, there is lemon in there. so you don't want to marinade it too long. >> the citrus will -- >> it will cook it. and then this is what you have. really simply, you just throw it on the grill. >> a little meat lollipop. >> exactly. this is reall really good for the kids. the kids love things on a stick. you don't realize. we serve it here with an apricot mustard sauce. pureed up apricots. i like to eat a little bit healthier. this is good and healthy for you. >> nice and lean. >> let me take you down to the next. >> okay. >> all we have here is really simple, chicken breast. i like to use the size that has a little more flavor. and what i did here is i marinaded it to grape seed oil, shallots and garlic.
american n americ marinade it for 24 hours. we're going to make mustard aoli, kind of like when you go to china town you know that mustard? >> yeah. >> that's the perfect mustard. we have mustard and reconversatiore reconstituted in water. it changes flavor completely. let it set for an hour. we have a yolk in here. some yolk. we're going to put the mustard in there. a little bit of lemon juice because it's all about balancing flavors. you want to have the sweetness, the spiciness, all that stuff. put the cover on. you always want to put the cover on. >> that's always good. >> okay. throw it on nice and slow. what you're going to do is you're just going to slowly add the oil. this is going to make an emulsion. emulsion is something that's going to come together that's binding. >> like a mayonnaise. >> exactly. exactly. really simple. >> all right. i can see it. >> you can just turn the speed up a little bit.
all right. >> it's alive! >> nice. one of the things as it gets thicker if you want it to be a little bit less thick, see that? >> uh-huh. >> you can add a little bit of water to it. let me take you in the back here. >> let's go back. >> this is the aoli that you have here. >> nice. >> i'm going show you a little trick to plating. you always want everybody to look beautiful. >> sure. >> put it down, smear it. >> it's like a shmear. >> a little bit of chicken on there. >> yum. >> how are you doing? >> here we have a mystery salad, which is done can carrots, pureed up, butter, lemon. this is pork with a bing cherry relish. >> bing! >> and filet with the apricots and chicken. simple, great, easy to do at home. >> fantastic. >> meat on a stick. thank you so much.
first your local news and . this is a inize 4 news break. 9:56 is your time on shenamyw being sent home a ' partly cloudy wednesday, thursday and friday. highs into the low to mid-80s each one of those days. still not very humid. low to mid-60s in the morning. into the labor day weekend, we might get an isolated thundershower late on sunday. otherwise, more humid.
a little hotter on saturday and sunday. for labor day itself, we'll have lower humidity moving in. should be a bit cooler. danella, how is late morning traffic? >> there was an accident on the beltway. this was at 450 annapolis road. it was blocking your two left lanes. still delays from central avenue and continue around towards green belt. and still traveling on the outer loop of the beltway, still delays at colesville road. slow all the way to georgia avenue. traveling 395 looks a lot better as you head north towards the 14th street bridge. >> danella, thanks. coming up on news 4 midday, we'll talk to a dermatologist
from nbc news, this is "today," with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hello, everybody. >> it is booze-day, tuesday, august 30th. i'm solad to be back and i'm so happy to see my hoda. >> you got stuck a little bit because of irene. you were supposed to come back. were you in seattle. >> at first i was in los angeles. >> you were busy and important. >> i know and i've been in seattle since last wednesday when we started rehearsals on "saving amy." >> let's back it up to the
kardashians. >> we went to kim kardashian's wedding, look how gorgeous she looks. >> there's kris, her husband now. >> he's so tall. >> he's 6'9" or something. and she's like 4'9". or 5'2", she's tiny. she makes up for it in other places, you know what i'm saying. she's one gorgeous, gorgeous girl. she was a gorgeous baby. anyway, the wedding was quite gorgeous. cass and i were in los angeles. we drove up and we were right next door to, next door, literally side by side all the way up from l.a. to santa barbara with bumper-to-bumper traffic. you get frustrated and you get a little opening. and next to us was a semi truck, okay? i mean almost a block long. of kim's new fragrance, "volu
"volumino "voluminous." so we followed her breasts from l.a. to santa barbara, laughing. because they were bouncing. >> were there lots of celebs and stuff at the wedding? >> i thought there would be more. i had a nice talk with ryan seacrest. i haven't seen him in forever. i reminded him that -- there we are. what was she telling you, a story? and again with the story. look at that face. >> why do they keep using that? >> i don't know, but they keep repeating it over and over. >> i was talking to harold weitzman. forgive me, i can't remember his first name. but he's an attorney and he was telling me about one of his cases. i was aghast. i wish they hadn't caught me at that moment. look how pretty cass looked. >> cass looked gorgeous. >> cass was the only teenager there other than kylie kendall. >> did it feel huge or -- >> it actually felt intimate.
they have one of the most beautiful homes, i kept looking around and kept thinking, i've got to work more. montecito is gorgeous. we went to a private thing the night before, it was lovely. and at that point kim showed cass and i her three dresses before anybody saw them and she looked amazing in them. she was at vera's salon when she took them. and she lean over and i said, how are you feeling? and she goes, you know what, i'm ready to have babies. >> she is? >> she says, yes, it's time. >> you think she's going to get pregnant pretty soon? >> i think she's going to have a good time trying. >> i'm sure she is. >> so that was awesome. >> and regis' birthday? >> a lot of us have had birthdays in august and i'm so sick of mine, i can't even tell you. sick of mine, sick of yours and everybody's. and regis, we had a bash at my
friend drew's house. and then i went up to seattle. >> this is the big deal. >> this is the big deal. because "saving amy" this musical that i've been writing along with two friends for 12 years is opening up on september 30th. it's a fabulous fifth avenue theater in seattle. now, this theater was built in 1926, which is the exact year that our play takes place. our musical takes place. because her trial, she disappeared for five weeks, amy semple macfiercen. she said she had been kidnapped and held for ransom in mexico. and someone said no, you weren't, you were with your lover up in carmel, california. >> i think the funny thing people are going to realize, is
once they finally realize about her, you can't believe you didn't know she existed. she's one of "time" magazine's 20 most influential people of her time. you keep thinking, how have i not heard of this woman? you hear the song ♪ hooray for hollywood ♪ from shirley temple ♪ to amy semple. ♪ >> she was bigger than any movie star. you wouldn't have what she was during her day. >> where is it again? >> tickets are available, september 30th, seattle, washington. september 30th, it opens for previews. >> and the official opening night. >> that's when we're going to be there, october 20th. and carol lee carmelo, my leading lady, we see brilliant talent here. i've never worked with a more brilliant human being. she is the finest working
actress in musical theater, bar none. >> sings like an angel. >> and acts like one. she's extraordinary. so we're excited. we don't quite have the cast that "dancing with the stars" does, but, we'll do. >> they finally revealed, here's the cast, everybody. i know you've been waitsing for them, they are rob kardashian, chaz bono. okay. this is -- >> okay. elisabetta canalis. >> she's got to do something now, she's not going out with george clooney any more. nancy grace. >> why didn't you tell me? >> ricki lake. kristen cavalieri, chynna phillips. and ron artest, and carson cressley.
hilarity will ensue. >> i'm going to put my money on nancy grace. >> this is all new to me. i think they're very smart the way they mix it up. and there are people that you're going to pull for and there are people that are supposedly despised in the world that you're going to get to see, the human side of. >> and on paper it said that chaz bono didn't tell cher that he was doing the show. it was like a surprise. >> oh. i think a lot of things came to cher as a surprise regarding chaz. but chaz is going to have a female partner. >> yes, that's what's going to happen. it's going to be interesting. there's this gret group performing for us later today, guys, they're called committed. they won the sing-off and listen to this a cappella group. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> finally, a song on hoda's
playlist, i like. >> this thing, i know they're a cappella. you keep looking for an instrument, because it sounds like one. >> they're going to teach us how to make sounds with our mouth that we have never made before that they know of. i've made a few of them. >> i'm sure you have. >> but that's another story. >> here's what the surgeon general is telling you -- >> okay. dr. regina benjamin. she is saying that women don't exercise because we're worried about our hair. >> that's a relaxer she uses on her hair. i've used a relaxer. of course, you weigh out, is it worth the run to ruin the lid. >> she said care about your thighs and don't worry about your hair. >> what she really means is the heart for your the aerobic exercise. >> you told me you wouldn't work out the way you do, if you didn't have the glam team. >> no, i wouldn't do it because i always check the weather, i'm very conscious of the weather.
rain and sweating, all things i have to worry about. >> you had all of those on your last vacation to europe last week, rain and sweating. equal amounts. >> ha ha. >> we've got to get to britney. but we have our everyone has a story winner on. ♪ everyone has a story >> she wrote in to tell us about her biggest inspiration, her 29-year-old sister, leah, who was born with down syndrome. and the parents had been told by the doctors that leah would never, ever, ever, probably speak, much less be understood. and never write and apparently she plays the piano quite beautifully. and so they're on the phone. leah, is a high-functioning, speaking, reading, writing lady. hi, leah. >> caller: hi. >> are you excited that you're coming on our show? >> caller: yeah, i am. >> have you been practicing?
>> caller: yeah, i have been. >> we're looking at a picture of you and your sister, lindsay and she loves you very much, you know. >> caller: we are so excited, we can't wait to see you. >> you're coming soon, thursday, right? >> caller: yes. >> have a great trip. great to see you. we've got to talk about these drinks, there's a special opening in new york. it's the coffee bean. they haven't had a coffee bean in new york. they've opened one here. you not only like their drinks, but -- >> cass and i happened to go to a coffee bean in los angeles last week and we had this bran muffin was the greatest thing i tasted in my life. come on up, brett. welcome to new york. >> welcome, welcome. what's up, brett, what you got? >> i have some new false eyelashes that are actually out. >> those are ridiculous. they're made out of paper.
>> you would never wear them to chump. >> where do you wear them? >> maybe wear them on halloween? i don't know. >> are you a clubbing kind of girl, do you go clubbing? >> not often enough to own these eyelashes. >> thank you, britney. we love you. before that, we're going to tell you, we'll tell you what's coming up. louis licari tells you how to make drab hair gorgeous. [ vet ] your turn max. [ cat ] inside and out. and i'm not the only one who thinks so...right doc? [ female announcer ] vets agree, a healthy check up starts inside. our breakthrough iams premium protection formula is developed with vets... ...with cutting edge ingredients for the lifelong health of your pet. [ cat ] what a surprise... straight as again! [ female announcer ] iams premium protection. our most advanced iams nutrition. ever. [ cat ] oh, i'm not in your way, am i doc? i...[yawns] am an iams cat.
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we're back with hair makeovers, whether it's the wrong cut, color or style for your face, we've got help. >> with scissors and hair dye in hand, "today" show contributor and stylist to the stars, louis licari, la la la. taking people from frumpy to fabulous. let's talk about our first lucky lady. lucy, 48 years old, an attorney from the bronx, she colors her hair at home to get rid of the gray. let's hear what she has to say. >> hi, lewis, here i am. my name is lucy, i love what you do on tv. you make everyone look beautiful. you can make me look beautiful. you could make me look sexy. i'm single, never married and mr. right is going to see me on tv and you're going make me shine. >> what were her issues? >> hair, way too thick, too
long, doing nothing for her. >> anything else? >> no, no, but this is a professional hard-working girl. she's a judge. >> here's lucy's "before" picture. come on around -- >> here come da judge! you look gorgeous! >> not a judge yet. >>'s what we did to lucy. of course i softened her hair color, added a pinch of warmth, the new in shade, dana cut off about six inches of her hair. layered it, took off the thickness, it has movement. she is now only looks professional, but ready for your social life, too. kiddo. you look great. >> okay. let's go to our next lucky lady. 31 years old, a teacher from queens, dying for a new 'do. >> i'm a stay at home mom to two boys, ages one and three. i don't have time to style or
color my hair any more. i put it back or in a headband. i just want to feel sexy again, more like a woman, instead of just a mom. >> so, what kind of things did she need, louis? >> angela was born with this very dark hair. she was desperate for a change. she had olive skin, she didn't know what her color options were. and she wanted a new style, but wanted to keep her hair long, big predicament. >> there is angela's "before." now let's see the new you. >> oh, awesome! hello! >> saucy is right. i softened her brown hair. then i added a few golden highlights. to give it a completely different look. and then the real changer here is dana cut those bangs, her hair is long, totally different look. a few soft layers around the front. she looks like a million dollars. >> you look great. >> lastly, kaitlyn, 25 years old from massachusetts, a marketing
director. she hasn't color her hair since college. let's hear what she had to say. >> i absolutely work in the same building as your salon. and so many times i've seen women come out looking really great with their hair all done and i've had the same haircut for a couple of years now, it's an a-line. same color and i was hoping that you could help me come up with something that would fit my personality. >> all right. so what's going to fit her personality, louis? >> again, kate, her hair was this brown, you know, i hate to say it, try to find a more polite word than mousey. but you want her to look like she spent every day at the beach. ufrl li unfortunately like most of us, she spent every day at work. what i did to kate -- >> come on out. >> how pretty is that. >> that's great. >> thank you, i love it. >> you look like jessica simpson. you look great. >> i softened her overall color
just a pinch. but then i painted highlights on the bottom of her hair. which of course this way she could, you know, could color her hair when she wants to. you look like you're free and breezy. dana had her hair, she had the angle in the front. >> you look terrific. >> good job, louis, as usual. coming up next -- tennis, anybody? >> sara goes to the u.s. open as a ball girl. think twice. it may be a sign that your digestive system could be working better. listen to this with occasional irregularity, things your body doesn't use could be lingering in your system, causing discomfort. but activia has been shown in clinical studies to help with slow intestinal transit when consumed 3 times per day. 7 out of 10 doctors recommend activia. and the great taste is recommended by me!
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♪ time for sara in the city. where sara tries her hand at different jobs around the city. >> she took her skills courtside, tennis, that is, as a ball person. ball woman. for the u.s. open. how did you do, darling? >> well, we'll see, you guys be the judge. the u.s. open, one of four grand slams is going on right now in our own backyard. about 70,000 fans come out to watch professional tennis players, some of whom could be starting out on the sidelines as a ball person. just like john macenroe did, i wonder what he would think of my ball skills. the u.s. open, one of four grand slams, where tennis legends like agassi, federer, sharapova and williams have great support. and behind every great tennis player stands a great -- ball person? each match has a crew of six ball persons. four in the backcourt and two at the net.
kramer did it on "seinfeld." >> that's the great ball man experiment. >> i wanted a shot at it, turns out i wasn't the only one. more than 500 people showed up to the first round of tryouts. my competition came from all over for a chance to be courtside at the u.s. open. >> i'm from india. >> south carolina. >> i would picked you out because you look like my biggest threat to qualifying today. >> shoulder bump, belly bump. >> what if you're cheering, if it's a great play and you're like, woo woo woo! >> you can't, you have to keep it quiet. >> is it a conflict of interest that i'm talking to you, because i am trying out. >> no, we'll look at the cards seriously and see who really can cut the mustard, so to speak. >> okay. here i go, game on, as they say. oh, my gosh, i'm official.
i smell tennis. can i sit with you guys? i think you need a little pink in this section, what do you think? are you guys nervous? i'm a little nervous now. ♪ >> that girl throw it is hard. >> very nice. >> are you surprised? >> you have a really good strong arm. i like how you throw. so after training and hours of watching tennis, it was time to bring my a game. immediately i ran into colin, again. >> when is your first game? >> i don't know that. >> is it a game on nash? that's what you say, nash. it was time for me to perch with my people. and court ten, julia johnson and sara haines, you must be new. >> look at me now, part of a
crew made up of veterans and rookies like me. how long have you done this? >> my eighth year. >> cat arena was my trusty crew chief. i'm nervous. >> try to have fun and pay attention to what the veterans are doing. >> this was a qualifying match. at first i was nervous. then i started to get the swing of it. so not without some faults of my own for example. here's me throwing the ball between -- a definite no-no. but i did ace some of my training. i bounced back a new ball and not the ball that was just in play. players can be suspicious about that. >> i think you did a good job, you did a lot better than my first time on court. >> i thought i with as going to get to hold the umbrella. >> i didn't know if you wanted to. >> i know seniority rules and i respect that. >> i was impressed, i think they're going to be quivering up in the perch, like new girl in town.
>> singing, too. >> and committed when we come back. this is a news 4 news break. >> more than a million people from virginia to maine are still without power after hurricane irene. why some outages in prince george's county caused confusion for students. i'm eun yang. also coming up, steps men are taking to look younger. botox is just one procedure that is becom
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♪ we are back with more of "today." and upcycling eco-friendly crafts, easy ways to turn everyday trash into beautiful treasures. >> environmental lifestyle expert and author of "upcycling" danny seo will show us how to upcycle our home on a dime. >> i have to say thank you. this book was created because of the platform of your show. >> well, that's tammy. thank her. >> our upcycling segments created this book. >> we never wanted you, but --
>> she said, i want my danny seo, so here you are. >> these are new in the book. these are so things that are so easy, three steps or less. trash into beautiful new treasures. >> we believe you, we trust you. >> these beautiful gold plates are inspired by museum pieces of 24-karat gold dipped plates. you put tape in place, make stripes and use gold spray paint. i see, spray-paint it gold and look what happens when you peel the tape off. >> and it will hold up? >> it's for gdecorative purpose, only. >> that's finished? >> that's beautiful. >> i love it, it's amazing. >> that's the end of the project. >> it's danny! >> they're easy, easy crafts,
okay. >> these are cd cases. we all have these. >> god knows i do. i got millions of 'em! i could probably sell the cases easier than i could sell my records. >> i'll buy them. >> the inside of the cd case, has an album. we took a map here and i'm going to, you take the map, cover it, take an exacto knife and then you reinsert whatever your new thing is you're creating a giant frame. >> why would you want to do that? >> i think we have an image. >> it's basically, i did a whole mat, that's an image from my bedroom. it's one mat in different cd cases. >> you are one kinky boy. i don't want to know what goes on in that room. >> oh, boy. this is a kleenex box using your old cassette tapes. it's as easy as taking hot glue and take everything out of the
inside of the cassette tape, you glue them together and refill it, you make sure the bottom is not glued on. you glue it on, rip open the -- >> that's incredibly cheap except for the hot glue. >> old cassette tapes. >> where would we be without hot glue? >> i wouldn't have a career, i wouldn't have a book. i would be shuddering in a corner. at this point you go to hardware store, they've got free carpet swatches, you can actually make a patchwork rug. >> i don't think that they'd be thrilled to know that's what you're using them for. >> rhino tape. all free samples, canvas, that's all it takes. special carpet tape. >> all color-blocked, which is pretty. old crayons, we've done lots of things with old crayons. in a double boiler, take your old crayons and melt them down. you pour it into a pyrex
container. you swirl it around. you pop it in the freezer and it's going to separate. and you get these little crayon vases and you use them as a little pot for flowers. >> i'm sorry, but danny, that's smart. >> it's going to crack if you water the plant. >> no, it's waterproof. >> exactly. that's what i meant, it must be waterproof. >> that's clever. >> it's just using melted crayons. >> and the bearskin rug. >> this, you take your old oriental rug you have in the attic or basement and you trip it out. >> that is hysterical. >> marge took a little fall and she can't get up. >> an old rug in a a bearskin rug. come on. >> danny, we love you. >> congratulations on the book. >> up next, your body's warning signs of a bad diet and what you can eat to correct them. >> bad hair, bad skin. >> we do everything wrong. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] when kate collects her pink yoplait lids
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out. what you put in your body is shown on the outside, right? >> absolutely. anybody listening is probably got some of these signs. because 99 out of 100 of us don't meet the minimum standards of a balanced diet. >> even you, elizabeth? >> occasionally i get it right. but -- >> you're human. >> if you've got wrinkles, sun damage, if sagging of the skin, bruising, this could be anti-oxidants that you're lacking. >> mmmm. >> vitamin c, vitamin e, lycopene. >> she should have the most gorgeous skin in the world, because -- >> i eat a lot of fruit. >> anyhow, protect your skin from sun damage, the vitamin c also builds collagen, the glue that holds your skin together. the lack of vitamin c will mean your skin starts wrinkling or sagging. >> if your hair looks lackluster or dry? >> circulation, it brings oxygen
to the scalp and skin and hair and removes toxic waste products. iron-rich foods, dark, leafy vegetables, twice a day. and legumes and the b vitamins, like b 6 and b 12 that you get in lean meats, like chicken. >> it's always the same stuff. it's always the same stuff. i think it's important to say -- >> it's always the same, you know, suspects, usual suspects. >> we want to get people to eat them. that's why. >> processed foods are a bad thing. those are the things that help you gain weight. >> but with the economy the way it is, fresh stuff is so much more expensive. it's hard for -- >> kathie -- >> that's a myth! >> stop it! >> a lot of people use it as an excuse. i'm too busy, it's too expensive, so i eat out. >> if you buy produce, it's in season, you buy it in bulk. frozen vegetables are fine, as long as they're not gooped up with a bunch of cheese sauce and salt. >> the foods that are making us
gain weight are the processed foods. >> they don't fill you up, so you tend to eat more of those foods before you feel satisfied. >> what should we be eating then? >> follow my 75% rule, which is three-quarters of the time, three out of four bites, 75% of the time, eat real, eat unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, nonfat dairy products like yogurt, salmon. those have the magic three ingredients, water, fiber and protein. that fill you up on fewer calories. >> this shows up everywhere. >> there's so much good research that we're going to talk about depression or fatigue. >> that's me. >> salmon, we've got research now on the omega 3s, in salmon and mackerel and herring, lower the risk for depression. >> the cold-weather fish. >> even the american psychiatric association, recommendes if you're battling depression, you should get the omega 3 dha.
>> beans will make you laugh. >> that's the folic acid, other newt trents that will boost your mood. up next, we're going to sample some vino from vineyards. >> ones here in the u.s. >> and we promise not to stop until we've picked a couple of winners and it might take a while. ok, people. show me the best way to design a vacation on a budget with expedia. make it work. booking a flight by itself is an uh-oh. see if we can "stitch" together a better deal. that's a hint, antoine. ooh! see what anandra did? booking your flight and hotel at the same time gets you prices hotels and airlines won't let expedia show separately. book it. major wow factor! where you book matters. expedia. that's why there's crest pro-health clinical gum protection.
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according to wine industry experts, the u.s. now consumes more wine than any other country. and that's because of us. even we've been drinking france under the table, thank you. >> we have something to do with that. whatever the reason, winesellers.com master sommelier is here with some up-and-coming wines from vineyards right here in the usa. >> the wine industry thanks you ladies. >> it's nothing. but anyway, what are we doing in. >> we have wines from unexpected
regions. when people think of wine country, they think of napa valley, maybe washington state. >> or sonoma. >> absolutely. but we have wines from fun places. we'll start with a wine from my state, vinol. this is a nice, crisp refreshing wine. do you get some of the fruit cocktail out of this? >> peaches and pears, it has a little sweetness to it. actually really good with spicy foods. >> yes. >> and from new york state, a riesling. and a lot of people love riesling. i know sometimes people think oh, the sweetness. but really food-friendly, a nice crisp green apple flavor and the peaches. >> not co--host friendly. >> i think this would be better, this is aged in oak. one of the telltale signs of a wine aged in oak is sort of a coconut flavor. >> so that's a nice richer,
heavier style. and then now we're going to pick a little dessert wine. so, i don't know if you it's a little sweetness here. >> hoda, you will love it. >> great with vanilla ice cream. the la cresent grape variety from minnesota. which one do we like? >> illinois takes it. >> on to the reds. do you prefer red wines? >> i prefer the whites. >> she likes red. >> another selection from illinois, we have 90 wineries in illinois. here we have the prairie state cabernet franc. it's almost like a black pepper, green bell pepper to it. >> very, very dry. >> the prices on these wines? >> thee all around 20. but this one here, this is a big daddy. this one is 75. this is the most expensive wine on the table. >> it's a bigger bottle. >> this is sort of a distinct flavor to it, it's a nice, rich
soft style. and merlot does very well in new york state. >> and then here we have marquette, sort of a fun unique winery created by the university of minnesota to withstand frigid temperatures, it has pino noir in its parentage, the nice fruitiness, great picnic style. >> i like that. >> and then here we have a selection from virginia, petit verdot, it's usually branded with cabernet and bordeaux, it's probably the heaviest, richest one on the table. >> i like the first one. >> got a tie on that one. >> local is a big trend right now. >> it's good for the economy. >> take a nice little day trip.
>> thank you. coming up next, a great performance by communion, they're terrific, they won the nbc hit show, "sing-off." but first this is "today" on nbc. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one.